President Rodrigo Duterte himself said in a speech in August that public officials are “mandated [by their oath of office] to tell the truth … even if the truth leaves [them] in ruins.” But what happens when the president says one thing today and then another, and then another the next time?
From issues surrounding the government’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout to foreign policy, to his plans after June 30, 2022, VERA Files Fact Check looks back on Duterte’s major turnarounds in his final year in office.
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